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another good one dan!

was there any capped worker brood in there with backfilling? also not that many queen cells compared to what i typically see with swarming.
 

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Thanks sp!
It was a strange one. I didn’t see any worker brood, which is worrisome. I would have expected a load of capped brood. It makes me wonder about that virgin queen I saw. I’ll give them another week and if I don’t find any brood I’ll act accordingly.
My queenright colonies are boiling over with bees and brood….more videos to come, I’m thinkin’.
 

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understood dan. i'm leaning toward this one being more supercedure than swarming given the lack of brood, time of year, and low number of cells. it could be that the old queen still left with a swarm, it will be interesting to see how the brood looks in your caught swarm.
 

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it could be that the old queen still left with a swarm, it will be interesting to see how the brood looks in your caught swarm.
Interesting that you should point that out. On inspection a week after, I realized that the caught swarm was queenless. It had a good population so I suspected that I simply didn’t catch the queen. I’m sure a queen left with the swarm as they organized quickly on the tree. Was she failing, failed or did I simply not catch her with the swarm?
I gave them a frame with a swarm cell….
 

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that is interesting. weird stuff happens sometimes. if she was failing/failed/dying, it's odd that so many workers would leave with her. it might not hurt to boost the parent hive with brood at some point to keep a good age mix in the colony and give it a shot at being more productive.
 

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My thoughts at the moment are if, in a couple of weeks I don’t find any brood in the donor colony and the caught swarm appears to have a newly mated queen….I’ll just combine them. Otherwise, I’ll just shake them out. I’ll be doing a load of splits moving forward and will be reluctant to share any needed resources with them.
 

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understood dan, sounds like a good plan. fingers crossed that virgin you spotted gets mated. a pollen patty on the caught swarm wouldn't hurt if you happen to have one.
 

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understood dan, sounds like a good plan. fingers crossed that virgin you spotted gets mated. a pollen patty on the caught swarm wouldn't hurt if you happen to have one.
I did give them a frame of pollen when I caught them. Since they have yet to make any brood....it should be untouched.....but I will give it a peek next week.
 
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